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WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT

Have not you yourselves sensed a difference in the light that suffuses such a room, a rare tranquility not found in ordinary light?
― Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Have you never felt a sort of fear in the face of the ageless, a fear that in that room you might lose all consciousness of the passage of time, that untold years might pass and upon emerging you should find you had grown old and gray?

Excerpt from Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s ‘In Praise of Shadows’.
Image of Original room number 241 by Ross Honeysett.


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WHAT WE’VE JUST PUT UP

LATEST

Things we are thinking about, people we've met
and what’s happening in the Can Can.

  • Stories
  • People
  • Daily Rituals
  • What's On

The ways that people endeavour

Glass is gold

What’s with the decor (and the plight of the working traveller)

The peaches you were probably saving for breakfast

Charles Wilson and the hefty beasts

The romantic blacksmith

Helen and Dennis Smith

Lucy McRae

Sean McConnell

Louis Berczi

Adam Goodrum

Al Stark

Daily Rituals Videos Two

Daily Rituals with Franklin and Bronte

The daily rituals of others (part one)

Objects + Rituals

Daily Rituals Videos

Jordan Miller and Jack Carty

WHEN Friday 7.8 at 8PM
WHERE The Street Theatre

Iconic Tree Walks

WHEN Monday 20.7 to Sunday 26.7 at 11AM to 2PM
WHERE National Botanic Gardens

Ceramics from Ernabella

WHEN Saturday 4.7 to Sunday 12.7
WHERE National Botanic Gardens

Farmers Market

WHEN Every Saturday 7.30 to 11.30AM
WHERE Exhibition Park

Korean Orchestra of the Blind

WHEN Wednesday 22.7 at 6.30PM
WHERE ANU Llewellyn Hall

Meet the Author: Frank Brennan

WHEN Thursday 16.7 at 6PM
WHERE ANU Manning Clark Theatre

From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony ― William Shakespeare

Recipes

Crumpets

Sean's crumpet recipe! Butter! Honey!

Recipes

Beetroot old fashioned

Tayla's recipe for her beetroot old fashioned cocktail - beetroot, Angostura 1919 rum and some black pepper bitters.

from the series "Sister Love".
These photographs explore the intense bond between sisters. As one of three girls I am interested in the often fraught, but beautiful nature of this relationship. The work considers how relationships between sisters can endure, if not in emotional terms then at least in physical ones; from the way sisters can resemble one another to their familial gestures and language. For better or worse, blood ties can be subverted, contested, resisted and negotiated but our experiences of sisterhood can also form the very heart of who we are and the way in which we choose to navigate the world.

The ways that people endeavour

Lee Grant is many things. Photographer, mother, businesswoman, philosopher, horticulturalist, Korean-Australian, anthropologist… Resoundingly, one of the words continuously used to describe Lee is honest. She will tell you what she thinks. Avoid eye contact and back away slowly if you aren’t up for the truth.

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Junk Drawer Number Eleven

The Vernacular of Rituals

WHAT WE FOUND IN THAT DRAWER

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Helen and Denis Smith

Helen and Dennis Smith

Helen and Dennis Smith supply Monster kitchen and bar with free range eggs. Their chickens live on their property 33km north of Temora in the Riverina region of NSW, around 200km from Canberra. Their 3000 hens strut and peck their way around their large property of wild grasses and old gum trees in the shadow of a mountain ridge, under the protective supervision of two very inquisitive and energetic cattle dogs.

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WHAT WE ARE PUTTING ON THE BOOKSHELF

Documentations

A documentation of socialist industrial products and workers, a young Ai Weiwei, Mark Manders’ process, and nomadic symbols.

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Junk Drawer Number Ten

Some more favourite buildings

WHAT WE FOUND IN THAT DRAWER

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WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT

An unfamiliar city is a fine thing. That's the time and place when you can suppose that all the people you meet are nice. It's dream time.
― Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Quote from ‘Journey to the End of the Night’ by Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

Image of the Nishi building at dusk by Tom Roe.


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AMOS ENDERS-MOJE by Lee Grant

Glass is gold

Meet our man Amos Enders-Moje. He is an obsessive collector of used bottles, old school TVs and, strangely, concrete cores. He looks like a mix between Brad Pitt and John Corbett (from his carpenter/’Sex in the City’ days but without the belly).

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This week

What's on in July

Monthly Calendar

Art, Class, Dance, Eat Drink, Film, Live, Market, Music, Party, Talk, Theatre, Walkabout

The Best of What’s On in July

Talk

Picasso and Braque 1950

The Fabulous Adventures of Cubism

A series of six lectures by critic and curator Terence Maloon that examines the achievements of Picasso and Braque and the fabulous adventure of Cubism. You'll need to book a spot.

WHENSundays 5.7, 12.7, 26.7, 2.8, 9.8 and 16.8 at 3PM
WHEREManning Clark Centre, Australian National University
COSTIndividual lectures $13 Series $60
GOANU

Art

James Tylor

Un-resettling

Un-resettling probes the paradox of practicing traditional Indigenous culture in National parks, conservation parks and recreational bushland, where such action is often illegal.

WHENThursday 2.7 to Sunday 26.7 Opening 2.7 at 6PM
WHEREManuka Arts Centre
COSTFree
GOPhotoAccess

Art

Shellaine

If I Made you a Mountain

If I made you a mountain is a new series of work by Shellaine Godbold which explores the relationship of self to place.

WHENWednesday 1.7 to Saturday 1.8
WHERECanberra Contemporary Art Space, City
COSTFree
GOCCAS

Art

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Within Without

A permanent installation by James Turrell. It's a viewing chamber that lets you experience space and the light that inhabits it. Best viewed at dawn and dusk.

WHENEvery day, always open but best at dawn and dusk
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Party

Opening Party

Opening Party

To launch their artistic program and reveal their new renovations, the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are throwing a partay.

WHENFriday 10.7 at 6PM to 11PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$20/$10 Concession Book Online Limited Tickets available at the door.
GOTickets

Film

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Essential Bergman

Ten classic films of Ingmar Bergman curated by David Stratton.

WHENStarts Thursday 25.6 then on different dates (check the schedule)
WHEREArc Cinema
COST$14/$12
GONFSA

Art

Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines

Check out Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons which condenses a year of political highs and lows into 80 of the best cartoons of 2014.

WHENUntil November 2015
WHEREMuseum of Australian Democracy
COSTFree
GOOld Parliament House

Party Walkabout

Party

Improvision Party!

It's Eurovision where you decide what the contestants perform. There's a band and improvised performances. Dress code is pop party.

WHENSaturday 4.7 at 10PM till late
WHERENishi Grand stair case, NewActon
COSTFree
GOFacey event

Art

Country of the Wajarri People in Western Australia

NAIDOC Week: Wajarri Art and Culture

You don't have to leave the building to have a cultural experience at Hotel Hotel. The exhibition in our Mosaic Room celebrates the special connection the Wajarri People have with their country in WA.

WHENTuesday 7.7 to Thursday 9.7 at 10AM to 6PM open until 9PM on 9.7
WHEREMosaic Room, Hotel Hotel
COSTFree

Talk

Evelyn Waugh by Henry Lamb

Waugh’s Private Library

Dr Naomi Milthorpe talks about one of the twentieth century’s most strident satirists, Evelyn Waugh and his 'mania' for book collecting.

WHENThursday 2.7 at 1 to 2PM
WHEREMilgate Room, Australian National University
COSTFree
GOANU

Art

Colour my World

Colour my World

This is the first exhibition dedicated to a significant aspect of recent Australian art: the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the collection.

WHENUntil Sunday 30.8
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Walkabout

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A Pooch Affair: Doggie Day Out

Fun for all the family including lets face it, your favourite family member, the four legged one. A dog cafe, mall and more. You can even adopt one.

WHENSaturday 18.7 at 10AM to 4PM
WHEREExhibition Park Canberra
COST$10 Concession $7 Children under 12 free
GOExhibition Park Canberra

Live

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Salt Room

'The Salt Room'; local, national and international writers and performers, who promise to ‘tease your imagination, challenge your perceptions and showcase poetry at its finest’.

WHENFriday 17.7
WHEREGorman Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
COST$5
GOAGAC

Music

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Strings in the Salon

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s string ensemble is playing Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E Flat Major, Op 20. It’s laced with Goethe's Faust and written by Felix when he was 16.

WHENSaturday 25.7 at 1PM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar Salon room
COST$10 to $45
GOTickets

Film

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Scando Film Festival

Films (dramas, comedies and thrillers) from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Opening screening is 'Her er Harold' (Here is Harold) - the story of a man who sets out to kidnap the founder

WHENTuesday 14.7 to Sunday 26.7
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOPalace

Film

ABC NEWS - ELECTION COVERAGE 1968 - "Convention Coverage" - Airdate in August 1968. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) WILLIAM BUCKLEY;GORE VIDAL

Best of enemies

A doc by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon about the televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr - and the big bang moment of media.

WHENWednesday 8.7 at 6.30PM.
WHERENGA
COSTTickets from $12
GONGA

Film

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Imber’s left hand

The story or how an artist, Jon Imber, deals with his diagnosis of a deadly degenerative disease. The film traces Imber's life, career, and adaptations.

WHENWednesday 1.7 at 6.30PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFrom $12
GONGA

Walkabout

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The Truffle Festival

Every weekend from the end of June to early August you can join Truffle growers and their dogs n pigs on the hunt for truffles at local truffières (a truffle growing farm).

WHENEvery weekend from the end of June to early August
WHEREAround Canberra
GOThe Truffle Festival

Music

Salvador Dali

The Bootleg Sessions

Featuring the best of Canberra's up and coming and established artists as well as the occasional touring band, the Bootleg Sessions are where it's at in Canberra on a Monday night.

WHENEvery Monday from 8PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COSTFree
GOThe Phoenix

Live

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BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Poetry Slam. 12 poets, 6 judges. Sign up to be judged or come along and just judge. It's on the third Wednesday of every month.

WHENEvery third Wednesday at 7PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COSTFree
GOThe Phoenix

Art Talk

Stradbroke Dreamtime by Oodgeroo Nunukul

Stradbroke Dreaming by Oodgeroo Nunukul

Listen to Stradbroke Dreamtime, a collection of short stories from the acclaimed Aboriginal author, poet and activist Oodgeroo Nunukul. Children are invited to create a visual response.

WHENWednesday 8.7 and Wednesday 15.7 at 10.30AM to 12PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COST$5 per child (bookings essential)
GONPG

Art

Flounce by CJ Jilek

Ceramics Triennale

Canberra is going ceramics crazy with the Australian Ceramics Triennale being held in the nation's capital this year. It includes exhibitions, a conference, talks and much much more.

WHENThursday 9.7 to Saturday 11.7
WHEREANU
GOAustralian Ceramics Triennale

Art

Covered Jar 2 by Janet DeBoos 2012

Janet DeBoos: A Survey

This exhibition presents selected pieces from internationally renowned ceramicist Janet DeBoos in one gallery, for the first time.

WHENUntil Sunday 11.7
WHERECraft ACT
COSTFree
GOCraft ACT

Art

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In the Falling Light

Kirsten Coelho's ceramics are like what you would imagine you'd have if your kitchen was one of those ones where everything is matching and bespoke.

WHENFrom 3.7 to 9.8
WHEREANU Drill Hall gallery
COSTFree
GODrill Hall gallery

Art

McGregor, Laith, 'OHNE TITEL'

Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture

If you need respite from those mean streets of Canberra, head on into Streetwise, a survey of 15 years of Australian screen printing.

WHENUntil Friday 7.8
WHERENational Gallery of Australia Contemporary
COSTFree
GONGA

Dance

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Lore

The 'She Oak - the Grandmother tree' story and a modern day story of the Torres Strait - from the salt water to the frozen section of the local supermarket.

WHENThursday 9.7 Friday 10.7 Saturday 11.7
WHERETheatre Centre
COSTFrom $30
GOCTC

Art

Rama

The Story of Rama

Rama is the avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, preserver of peace and his story is told through 101 paintings (almost the number of selfies that I have on my phone).

WHENUntil Sunday 23.8
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GONGA

Class

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Yoga

Odona does Hatha yoga in the Mosaic room.

WHENSaturdays 8AM to 9.15AM
WHEREMosaic room, Hotel Hotel
COSTFrom $15
GOFlow yoga

Art

Have you forgotten yet?' from Requiem in Pace series by Lee Grant

All that fall

Works on loss and absence… A moving portrait of loss during the First World War.

WHENUntil Sunday 26.7
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG
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Photo by Lee Grant

Photo by Lee Grant

Benjamin Franklin

To foster good health Benjamin Franklin took a daily ‘air bath’. What is an ‘air bath’ you ask. It’s where you open up all your windows, get nude and sit in the breeze for a while. How nice.

Emily Bronte

Novelist Emily Bronte suffered from insomnia. She held an evening ritual of walking around in circles until she fell asleep.

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